Quynh Nguyen

Quynh loves to research and write about how we can live more sustainably. Before joining Impactful Ninja, she managed communications at the social enterprise Fargreen. And when she's not writing, she likes to run in the woods, dig in the garden, or knit the next jumper.

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How Sustainable Is Ash Wood? Here Are the Facts

Ash trees can take hold of almost everywhere as they agree with a great variety of soil and situation – greater than any other tree producing timber of equal value. Once widespread across the Eastern United States, the population of ash trees has declined significantly due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation. So we had to ask: How sustainable is it to buy products made out of ash wood?

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How Sustainable Is Padauk Wood? Here Are the Facts

Padauk is native to tropical forests, some of which host the most diverse wildlife in the world. And as these forests and their biodiversity play a vital ecological role, the loss of wildlife habitat due to logging raises questions about its sustainability. So we had to ask: How sustainable is it to buy products made out of padauk wood?

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How Sustainable Is Maple Wood? Here Are the Facts

The maple family, a genus called Acer, is much more than their striking colors. The trees provide food and shelter for many birds and mammals, while maple timber is an excellent choice for furniture, music, and more. So we had to ask: How sustainable it is to buy products made out of maple?

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How Sustainable Is Douglas Fir Wood? Here Are the Facts

Douglas fir – one of the tallest trees in the North American continent – is as impressive as it can be. The trees provide food and shelter to a wide range of mammals and beautiful wood for human activities, from constructing houses to making furniture. And even though Douglas fir trees are readily available in the US, we had to ask: How sustainable it is to buy products made out of Douglas fir?

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How Sustainable Is Black Walnut Wood? Here Are the Facts

Black walnut (or American walnut) has a fine figure and quality. Its dark colour makes it a prized alternative for many tropical timbers. As walnut trees become rarer in the wild, where it provides food for many birds and mammals, we had to ask: How sustainable is it to buy products made out of black walnut?

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How Sustainable Is Mahogany Wood? Here Are the Facts

Mahogany – the exotic beauty of the tropical – has been the wood of choice for high-end furniture for centuries. It is native to tropical dry and wet forests, some of which host the most diverse wildlife in the world. As these forests and their biodiversity play a vital ecological role, we had to ask: How sustainable is it to cut down mahogany for our products?

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How Sustainable Is White Oak Wood? Here Are the Facts

Some white oak species can live longer than six centuries, providing wildlife with plenty of food and living spaces. Their abundance, deep roots, and broad canopies also help with watershed health and climate mitigation. As white oak trees play such an important ecological role, we had to ask: How sustainable is it to cut down white oaks for our products?

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How Sustainable Is Bamboo “Wood”? Here Are the Facts

Do you know that bamboo is stronger than steel yet super flexible? Its properties make bamboo an ideal material for durable products like furniture, flooring, and other household projects (not to mention earthquake-proof shelters). And when it comes to sustainability, bamboo is on the top of the list. So we had to ask: How sustainable is bamboo wood?

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How to Prevent Human Rights Violations as a Young Person

Every human on the planet shares the same rights but is often subject to different mistreatment. However, a child born in Africa, a female university student in America, and a Swiss retiree can face completely different human rights challenges. And there are also some common human rights violations you might not be aware of. So we had to ask: How can you prevent human rights violations as a young person?

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5 Least Sustainable Vegan (Plant-Based) Foods

Despite being generally better for the environment than meat and dairy, plant-based food is not always sustainable. Growing and selling vegetables, legumes, fruits, and nuts can greatly impact the environment and its ecosystems. When such an impact is not addressed or offset accordingly, a certain plant-based food becomes less and less sustainable. So we had to ask: What are the least sustainable vegan (plant-based) foods?